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Colin McMullan

Colin McMullan


Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture


MFA, Sculpture, University of Connecticut
BA, Studio Art, Brandeis University

Colin McMullan is Emcee C.M., Master of None. He was born in Connecticut, grew up in an unschooling family of six boys, played outside a lot, played in bands with friends, wrote stories and songs, studied linguistics, Russian, and sculpture at Brandeis University, worked at a Siberian village school, got an MFA in sculpture at The University of Connecticut, worked on some farms, moved to New York to do odd jobs for six years, and meanwhile developed a personal practice of active, cooperative, public work often utilizing vehicles, play, conversation, publications, and food, for which he has received institutional support from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, IPG, CAG, ISCP, CUE, CBA, BHK, BBBP, Eyelevel BQE, Smack Mellon, Skowhegan, Bronx Museum, Flux Factory, the Aldrich, Artspace, i-park, el Taller Boricua, and Phats Valley.

He currently lives, makes maple syrup, builds things, and teaches art in Connecticut.


Awards and Honors
  • Phats Valley Residency. 2013.
  • Center for Book Arts Residency. 2011.
  • Thanatopolis Prize from i-park. 2010.
  • FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) Grant. 2009.
  • Smack Mellon Studio Residency and Grant. 2008-2009.
  • Finalist for Art in General New Commissions. 2008.
  • Finalist for Creative Capital Grant. 2008.
  • CUE Art Foundation Studio Residency. 2007.
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship. 2007.
  • Chashama Studio Residency. 2006-2007.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Award. 2006.
Independently Organized Public Projects
  • Bowser Farm, 2013-2014, with Brendan McMullan, Becky Rushford, Zoe Roben, Nick Brown, Alyssa Stearns, Chris & Lynn, Bob & Pat, Mom & Dad, other people, 2 goats, 2 pigs, 15 ducks, 57 chickens, a cat, a dog, a bee hive, maybe 100 maple trees, and a patch of open land, and so with all my relations.
  • A Boat to Find Christine Periord, 2013-present, with Ann Chen, Davey Field, John Field, Brendan McMullan, Barefoot Rich, Great-Great-Grandma Christine, and all my relations. Phats Valley, Truro, Mass.
  • The Corner Libraries, 2007-2013. Collaborative work with the K.I.D.S., Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, Artspace New Haven, and volunteer librarians.
  • Growing a Network of Secret Gardens, 2009, collaborative work with Secret School and the K.I.D.S. Public, private, and discursive spaces, New York, N.Y.
  • The K.I.D.S. Has Some Work To Do, 2009, collaborative work with the Kindness and Imagination Development Society and Flux Factory. Various public sites, New York, N.Y.
  • Cloud City, 2008-9, a collaboration with Huong Ngo, Secret School, and the K.I.D.S. Public and private venues, Pennsylvania and New York.
  • How the K.I.D.S Meets, April 2008, BBBP, Bronx Museum, and other venues, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Collaborative work with the K.I.D.S.
  • A Lot in Our Lives, April 2007, 8000 sq. ft. interactive public installation and event series with the K.I.D.S., including collaborative projects with Frank Brescia, Bob Hurd, Henry Loomis, George Newman, Jon Singer, Steve Tarquino, Kristina Zallinger, and the Teen Docents of Artspace. The Lot at Artspace, New Haven, Conn.
  • A Sauna -or- Something about Temperature & Time, Memory & Moments, Labor, Leisure & Location, Saving & Sharing, Usefulness & Us, 2007, functional installation and event series with the K.I.D.S. (Kindness and Imagination Development Society), in collaboration with Sam Ekwurtzel, Skowhegan, Maine.
  • A Game for the Kids We Were, May 2007, spontaneously invented participatory and performative games, Night of Museums, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • MOBILIZE: the Wandering Workbench, begun 2007, public actions and conversations about work, space, life and invention, New York, N.Y.
  • MOBILIZE: the Portable Pantry, begun 2007, public actions and events, including foraging wild plants and throwing wild tea parties with the resulting foods, New York, N.Y.
  • Public Domestications, begun 2007, sidewalk installations produced in collaboration with Huong Ngo and The K.I.D.S., New Haven, Conn., and New York, N.Y.
  • Pulling Together: the Legends of Willimantic, 2006–2008, open boatbuilding workshop and series of public actions with the K.I.D.S., featuring Ted Efremoff and the Citizen Shipwrights of Willimantic. Artspace Windham, Conn.
  • Dwelling, October 2015, Goffe St. Armory, New Haven, Conn., collaborative installation with Lani Asuncion, commissioned by Artspace.
  • Hand/Made: the Digital Age and the Industrial Revolution, September 2015, Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild), Woodstock, N.Y.
  • Then & Now: Ten Years of Residencies, April 2015, Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y., and September 2015, College of New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • How we Tried to Live Like the Animals (and Killed the Sun), February 2013, morningdrawingresidency.com
  • Brother Can You Spare a Stack?, January 2013, Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y., with the K.I.D.S., Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners.
  • Insite/Out, June 2012, Artspace, New Haven, Conn.; Odd Jobs, Wild Tea Party Table, and Dead Branch Memorial Tree Guards, re/spond/re/peat, June 2012, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2011
  • Workspace Artists-In-Residence, April-June 2012, Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y.
  • SP Weather Station, 2011, portfolio shown at various sites including Center for Book Arts, International Print Center, Flux Factory.
  • 5X5X5, Summer 2011, Brooklyn, N.Y., with Nora Herting and Ann Chen.
  • Barri-o-rama, June 2011, El Taller Boricua, New York, N.Y., with Hatuey Ramos-Fermin.
  • High/Low, April 2011, Eyelevel BQE, Brooklyn, N.Y., with Gabriela Alva.
  • Thanatopolis Exhibition. October 2010. i-park, East Haddam, Conn. With Ted Efremoff, James Holland, and Johnny Walker.
  • Bread Cycle Works, 2010, Hartford, Conn., with Ted Efremoff, Alex Hill, and many more.
  • Out of the Blue, June 2010, ISCP, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Ecstatic, March 2010, former Convent of St. Cecilia’s, New York, N.Y., with Round Robin Collective.
  • A Failed Entertainment, February 2010, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., with the K.I.D.S.
  • Bike Rides, Oct 2009, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn., with Secret School and the K.I.D.S.
  • Plan B, September 2009, Nurture Art, New York, N.Y., with Secret School and the K.I.D.S.
  • Hangin’ Out at No Rio, 2009, ABC no Rio, New York, N.Y., with Secret School and the K.ID.S.
  • Beauty Underfoot, June 2009, Smack Mellon, New York, N.Y., with Secret School and the K.I.D.S.
  • A Few Days in Watermill with Raymond Roussel, June 2009, Watermill Center, Water Mill, N.Y., with Bryan Markovitz, Ryan Dohoney, Huong Ngo, Julia Rich, Elizabeth Adams, Chris Piuma, and Amanda Boekelheide.
  • Queens International, March 2009, Queens Museum of Art, N.Y., with the Anti-Fascist Culture Club.
  • Metropoles, November 2008, JCAL, Jamaica, N.Y., with Tattfoo Tan, Caitlin Berrigan and many more.
  • What’s Mine is Yours, Oct 2008, Basekamp, Philadelphia, Penn., with Huong Ngo.
  • Maritime: Ships, Pirates and Disasters, October 2008, CGA, Storrs, Conn., with the K.I.D.S. and Ted Efremoff.
  • Alumni Biennial (One), September 2008, Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, Conn., with Rebecca Parker, the K.I.D.S.
  • AND Ted Efremoff.
  • AIM 28, June 2008, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y.
  • The Ideal Cloud, May 2008, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, N.Y.
  • Life’s Work, January 2008, CUE Art Foundation, New York, N.Y.
  • The Invisible Exhibition, October 2007, with Sam Ekwurtzel. Nomad II, Hartford, Conn.
  • Ripped from the Monster’s Heart by the Master Himself, July 2007, The Dean’s Locket Gallery, Madison, Maine.
  • who is your friends/The Soap Operas, February 2007, Soap Gallery, Kitakyushu, Japan.
  • Lighting Up the Painter Siji’s House, October 2006, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
Screening and Performances
  • Athena Theater on the Air, January 2009, January 2010, live original radio variety program with the original K.I.D.S. http://athenatheater.squarespace.comHow We Searched for the Ice Cream Tree on the Hottest Day of the Year, March 2009, Secret School 04: FOOD. Chicago, Ill.
  • Workspeak Training Film, November 2008, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • The Swan Catchers, April 2008, Chocolate Factory, Queens, N.Y.
  • We are the United Divided, November 2007, Collaborative A/V performance with MONO HAHA, Mono no Aware Film Festival, Galapagos, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Life’s Work, August 2007, Sounds of Silents Festival. Somerville, Mass., live score performed with Seamus McMullan.
  • Life’s Work, August 2007, Skowhegan Participants Screening, Seattle, Wash.
  • A Game for the Kids We Were, May 2007, Night of Museums, Belgrade, Serbia.
Public Speaking
  • Visiting artist at Bennington College, advanced sculpture students, 2014.
  • Visiting artist at University of Connecticut, MFA students, 2011.
  • Visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture Department, 2010.
  • Panelist at “Beauty Underfoot” artist talk, Smack Mellon, New York, N.Y., 2009.
  • Panelist at “Outside the Box” discussion. Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, 2009.
  • Cross-Borough Dialog on community art. Staten Island Arts Council, New York, 2009.
  • Studio visit with Portland College of Art students, 2009.
  • Studio visit with Tyler School of Art students, 2008.
  • Visiting artist at Hartford Art School, Media Studies Department, 2008.
  • Panelist for “Performing Life” discussion. Artists Space, New York, N.Y., December 2007.